The Museum of Contemporary Craft welcomes the support of volunteers who want to give back to the community by sharing their time and energy to enhance one of Portland’s premiere art institutions. Volunteers are actively engaged in the life of MoCC and work closely with staff, visitors and artists in a variety of ways.
Prospective volunteers should enjoy discussing craft, be excited about working with a diverse range of individuals, and have the ability to make a four month commitment with a two shift minimum per month.
PNCA/MoCC 2013 Annual Gala
Pacific Northwest College of Art and Museum of Contemporary Craft’s Annual Gala will be held on Saturday, June 1st. Our annual gala celebrates the school’s achievements and also raises funds that directly support students, MoCC, and the community. Help support our fundraising goals by volunteering for one of Portland’s most renowned events!
We are seeking volunteers to help with Gala Event Support.
- 4-5 hour time commitment on Saturday, June 1st, 2013
- Passion for creativity and a genuine enthusiasm to work with staff,
volunteers and the public
- Ability to stand for 3 to 5 hours and lift 10-15 pounds
To sign-up fill-out this application:
PNCA/MoCC 2013 Gala Volunteer Application Form
Gallery Product Development
We have several product ideas in mind that we would like to take from concept to customer – and are seeking vounteers to help us create these items.
Researcher: Data Collection and Analysis
Are you a number cruncher who loves the arts? MoCC seeks a volunteer (or student seeking internship credit) with experience establishing systems for collecting, analyzing and reporting qualitative data. This person would work most closely with the Director|Chief Curator, and collaborate with numerous offices across the institution to produce a simple system that can be executed by volunteers and staff, and easily produce reports by year end. Data will be used to understand audience cultivation, track membership growth, and customer behavior in The Gallery.
Researcher: User Behavior
Are you interested in how people act and interact in public spaces? MoCC seeks a volunteer (or student seeking internship credit) who specializes in research about user behavior to help us understand how the Museum functions as an interactive space. Project development would take place in the fall, and be implemented in the spring with analysis conducted by June, 2013. We are open to current and new forms of data collection and analysis (video cameras exist onsite and exhibition attendants/volunteers are available to assist with observational needs).
Front Desk Greeter / Exhibition Gallery Attendant
Museum Front Desk Greeters provide information to visitors regarding exhibitions, policies, museum lay-out and more. In addition, this role assists in checking items for visitors and may also serve as a Gallery Attendant by patrolling and monitoring the Museum galleries in order to maintain a safe and secure environment. Volunteer Greeters must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. This position serves to provide exceptional visitor service while the Admission’s volunteer accepts payment for entry.
Days: Tuesday – Saturday
Hours: Minimum 4 month commitment of two shifts per month; shifts: 11 am–2:30 pm and 2:30 pm–6 pm daily, and 5:30–8 pm First Thursdays of the month only.
Front Desk Admissions
Admissions volunteers handle cash and credit transactions with visitors. Volunteers in this role must have the ability to work with software and provide high quality customer service. Cash handling experience or QuickBooks Point of Sale experience is desirable. This position requires an admission systems training session and volunteering as a Greeter prior to serving in this role.
Days: Tuesday – Saturday
Hours: Minimum 4 month commitment of two shifts per month; shifts: 10:45–2:15 pm and 2:15 pm–5:45 pm daily.
Floater / Gallery Support
Floaters provide support throughout the Museum, on an as-needed basis and may be asked to work as Greeters, Exhibition Attendants, or Front Desk Admissions (see descriptions above). When not floating, volunteers will support The Gallery staff and help on the sales floor. The Gallery is an extension of the Museum, committed to providing access to exceptional examples of contemporary craft that are available for purchase. The Museum is a non-profit organization and The Gallery is a very important source of earned income for the organization. Volunteers in The Gallery greet visitors, assist with customer support, help maintain The Gallery’s appearance, learn about gallery artists and their process, in addition to other tasks.
Note: Volunteers must sign-up for 2 Greeter and 2 Admissions shifts prior to qualifying as Floater/Gallery Support. Floater/Gallery support volunteers do not handle actual sales transactions within The Gallery, but provide invaluable customer support leading up to a transaction.
Days: Tuesday – Saturday
Hours: Minimum 4 month commitment of two shifts per month; shifts: 11am-2:30pm and 2:30pm-6pm daily, 6pm-8pm during First Thursday of each month.
Special Events Support
Special museum events such as Members’ Exhibition Previews, receptions, dinners, fairs and fundraisers require volunteer support in many facets. Special Events Support Volunteers assist with welcoming guests, event production, gallery monitoring, disseminating information to visitors, hosting and other tasks; some heavy lifting may be required for some positions.
Days: Vary (A call for volunteers will be made at least one month prior to each event)
Hours: Vary depending on nature and time of event; although the majority of events occur after 5 pm. Shifts are generally 4 hours. Please note that volunteers must still maintain a 4 month commitment of two shifts per month.
To become a Museum Volunteer:
Fill out our online volunteer application
To request that one be mailed to you, contact:
Museum of Contemporary Craft
Volunteer Opportunities, Attn: Claire Patoine
724 Northwest Davis Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
For questions regarding volunteer opportunities contact:
Claire Patoine, Volunteer Manager and Operations Coordinator
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